FRIGHTENED FROGS

By Adele Beebe

Frogs are on the brink of extinction.  Approximately 170 species of frogs have gone extinct in the last 10 years, with another 1,900 in a threatened state.  This means that frogs are one step below the endanger state.

The primary causes of amphibian extinction is pollution, habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, road mortality, and chytridiomycosis, an infectious disease spread by humans.  The chytrid fungus covers the frogs skin making its pores non-functional.  Because a frog relies on the pores in its skin for hydration, the fungi cuts off its water supply making it impossible to breathe.  In the end the frog dies from dehydration.

Some ways you can stop amphibian extinction is to stop using pesticides.  They have harmful substances that have little to no testing on amphibians prior to being released for use. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide found in rainwater, groundwater, and tap water in the USA.  It has a series of effects on all types of animals. It causes cancer in laboratory mammals and hermaphroditism and limb malformation in amphibians.

Nearly forty-three percent of frogs are going extinct, and we need to save them.  Frogs play a major part in our ecosystem and if we are not careful they could be gone forever. For more information visit: http://www.savethefrogs.com.

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